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Daily Life in Renaissance Italy

3.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0313361142
ISBN-10: 0313361142
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  • Series: Daily Life
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (September 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313361142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313361142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason S. Taylor on January 30, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of my favorites of the Daily Life's. It gives a look at a fascinating culture. It was a culture of paradoxes and complexities in which the people navigated between family and civic loyalty. Between the Code of Honor and Christian teaching. It was a culture in which new things were invented and forgotten things revived. Much of modern economic, political, and social systems were built here. And much learning that had been forgotton was recovered. It was also a time when much remained the same and many went on with their lifes perfectly unaware that they were in a renaissance.
This book covers how people from all walks of life lived and their differing experience. It shows the lifes of Princes, Patricians, Merchants, Artisans, Peasants and on and on through the many types of people that filled the life of Renaissance Italy. It shows the highly competitive society of the Renaissance Italians. It also shows the structure of families, patronage-webs and other such institutions. The demands of everyday life and on and on. It is a great book about a fascinating time.
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The book is written well for the most part, and for a general overview and a light read, it is entertaining. However, if you're looking for a resource in which to find information quickly, this book isn't it.

I had hoped to use this book for research into the details of daily life in Renaissance Italy, as its title suggests. Alas, these details are either not included or are hidden in the text with no way to find them easily. The index, for instance, has no entries for 'writing, 'roads,' 'furniture,' 'money,' 'trade,' 'education,' 'childbearing,' and many more items that would typically be ones a person wanting information about daily life might want to know about. The text may well contain such things, but they aren't apparent. As well, typically the information included is sparse: for instance, printing - one of the most important innovations in history, and hugely important in Venice during the 15th and 16th century - gets two pages of discussion.

Final thought: for a light entertaining overview of Renaissance life, it's fine; if you're looking for real information at your fingertips, probably not the best choice.
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After enjoying Marcus Rautman's "Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire," I had high expectations for this Renaissance volume. After reading several chapters, however, I can only say that this volume falls short. The authors' approach is oddly abstract in nature, sticking with generalizations. The sidebar anecdotes they include don't make up for the specifics and examples that should have been part of the main text. I don't feel as if I came away with a vivid picture of what daily life was really like in Renaissance Italy.
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I bought this because I was doing a research project on torture and punishment methods during the Renaissance and it was difficult to find books on it. THis book is very organized and in a more modern langanguage.
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